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IP Dispute Divides Pizza-Making Family

By Isaac Avilucea |

A long-standing legal rift involving a West Haven family turns on a central question: Did Robert Zuppardi rip off the brand of his sisters' pizzeria? The case is before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in New Haven, who recently issued a ruling limiting the scope of the dispute.

Trucking Company Loses $7.3 Million Wrongful Death Suit

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.

Ira Mayo

Officials Seek Five-Year Disbarment for Torrington Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo said at a hearing last week he misunderstood a court order banning him from ever again representing female clients. Disciplinary officials said the order was clear. And now they want Mayo disbarred for five years.

Jury Awards $7.3 Million for Death of DOT Supervisor

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford jury has awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a state Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed while working on Route 8 near Waterbury in 2012.

Bank Settles Data Breach Case with Conn.

By Christian Nolan |

TD Bank has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement with nine states, including Connecticut, to resolve an investigation into a 2012 data breach that affected thousands of consumers.

Family Sues After Ebola Fears Lead District to Ban Student

By Isaac Avilucea |

The parents of a Milford elementary student are suing Milford school district for discrimination after they say "rumors" propagated by concerned school officials about whether their daughter had Ebola effectively imposed a "disability" on her.


Gideon: Prosecutors Should Face Same Sanctions as Defense Attorneys

By Gideon |

On a recent day, in a Connecticut courtroom, something unprecedented happened: after a jury returned a guilty verdict in a trial, the judge, from the bench, suspended the defense lawyer for 20 days from the practice of law, for twice violating a court order.

Attorneys Say Alimony Policies Cause IRS Nightmare

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In about half of the high-end divorce cases in Connecticut, lawyers and their clients have enjoyed the benefits of a tax rule that does not require couples to separate child support and alimony.

Ken Krayeske

Activist Lawyer's Latest Battle is Against Minor League Ballpark

By Isaac Avilucea |

Ken Krayeske has been called a pseudo-journalist, political provocateur, professional rabble-rouser and publicity hound.

Inmates Challenge State's Prison Porn Ban

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Connecticut inmate thinks he should have access to books depicting nudity. State prison officials refuse to allow the books because they violate an administrative directive banning pornography.

Russian Billionaire Prevails in Conn. Lawsuit Alleging Wife Beatings

By Christian Nolan |

A Russian billionaire who was sued by his ex-wife who claimed that he beat her on numerous occasions was vindicated in a defense verdict rendered by a Waterbury Superior Court jury.

Ex-UPS Worker Fights State's Attempt to Limit Workers' Comp Benefits

By Christian Nolan |

In a case that could affect the way future workers' compensation disputes are decided in Connecticut, a former United Parcel Service worker argues that he is entitled to full coverage for his carpal tunnel syndrome and related disabilities even though his condition may have been the result of a nonwork-related preexisting condition.

Law Firm Sued for Fishing for Clients Via Text

By Jay Stapleton |

Text messages, the communication method of choice for good friends and close contacts of the "me" generation, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when a law firm looks to catch the attention of potential clients. But one New York firm reportedly used mass-text messages to alert people about a recent court settlement, in hopes of gaining new clients.

Most Probate Judges Face No Opposition on Ballot

By Christian Nolan |

Though the Connecticut governor's race has attracted far more attention, 54 district probate judge positions are up for election early next month.

Yale Law School Dean Robert Post, left, introduces Justices Samuel Alito, Sandra Sotomayer and Clarence Thomas, while former Dean Karen Stith, right, moderates a panel discussion in Yale’s Woolsey Hall.

Three Justices Reveal Personal Details During Yale Visit

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sandra Sotomayor didn't return to Yale just to reminisce about their law school years, though there was more than a little bit of that.


Norm Pattis: FBI Agent's Suit Notable for Anger and Pettiness

By Norm Pattis |

I'm not a fan of the Justice Department, so I ought to be rooting for Kurt Siuzdak, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Three Supreme Court Justices Return to Yale this Weekend

By Jay Stapleton |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been known for being reclusive, and for a time he shunned events at his alma mater in New Haven, Yale Law School.

Case Against Lawyer Banned From Representing Women Hinges on Two Words

By Isaac Avilucea |

Suspended attorney Ira Mayo's disciplinary case possibly won't be decided until next year after a judge listened to a full day of testimony, then ordered attorneys from both sides to file post-hearing briefs.

Major Firm Adds Four Attorneys To Conn. Offices

By Jay Stapleton |

One Hartford-based law firm continues to expand its lawyer head count with the addition of five new associates, including four of them in Connecticut offices.

Conn. Attorney General Candidates Represent Wide Range of Ideologies

By Jay Stapleton |

One thing about the three candidates for Connecticut attorney general: No one can call them clones.

'Creative' Defense Alleges Medical Marijuana Law Has Muddied State Drug Policy

By Jay Stapleton |

It was only a matter of time before the state's law regarding medical marijuana crossed paths with state labor law.

Mystery Woman Found, And Rare Court Ruling Must Be Revisited

By Christian Nolan |

A mystery regarding the whereabouts of a wealthy German woman named Petra Baumgartner seems to have been solved.


Mark Dubois: Despite Best Efforts, Lawyers Can't Fill 'Justice Gap'

By Mark Dubois |

Anyone who has attended a session of the small claims, housing or family court lately is fully aware that great numbers of our citizens come to court every day without lawyers.

Daniel Esty

Business Concerns Drive Energy-Related Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

As the nation as a whole and individual states take aggressive steps to promote cleaner energy sources, the vigorous public policy debate appears to be spilling into courtrooms.

Indian Mountain School

Lawsuits Allege Sex Abuse, Cover-Up at Private School

By Isaac Avilucea |

Christopher Simonds was a chain-smoking, charismatic English teacher at Indian Mountain School. He was also a "god," according to one of the former teacher's accusers.

Editorial: Courts Should Improve Management of Divorce Trials

When it comes to trial management, there are aspects of divorce trials that deserve special attention and consideration.

Conn. Bar Foundation Executive Director Announces Retirement

By Jay Stapleton |

Sandy Klebanoff has announced that she will retire next spring after nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Beleaguered Police Department Now Faces Wrongful Death Claim

By Isaac Avilucea |

The town of Enfield faces yet another lawsuit—this one a wrongful death claim—linked to allegations of excessive force by a town police officer.

FBI Agent Sues Over Alleged Mistreatment at Conn. Office

By The Associated Press |

FBI bosses retaliated against an agent for complaining about personnel decisions, managed by fear and were so dysfunctional that the bureau's director apologized to the Connecticut staff for problems with local leadership, according to a lawsuit filed by an agent.

Inmate's Lawsuit Challenges State Ban on Porn in Prisons

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

A convicted murder who fancies himself a Renaissance artist is suing prison officials in Connecticut for not allowing him access to sexually explicit books.

Stamford Company Loses Trade Secrets Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has determined that an employee at a company that made corporate training products did not steal trade secrets from his former employer, which runs a similar enterprise.

DCF Settles Lawsuits with Employee Placed on Abuse Registry

By Associated Press |

Five employees who had their names added to a child abuse registry as a form of discipline by Connecticut's child welfare agency will be taken off the list, union officials told The Associated Press.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Child Abuse Case Highlights Role of Cross-Examination

By Dan Krisch |

Cross-examination, as Winston Churchill said of democracy, is the worst method for getting at the truth, except for all those other methods that have been tried from time to time.

Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A former Hartford elementary school teacher alleges she was forced to quit her job after school administrators mistreated her when they found out she was married to a woman.

Amended Lawsuit Accuses State of Treating Transgender Teen Like Boy

By Associated Press |

A 16-year-old transgender girl being held at a boys' detention center alleged that staff members are repeatedly referring to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, forcing her to wear boys' uniforms and banning her from wearing her wig and makeup.

Republicans Sue Over Malloy Campaign Contributions

By Jay Stapleton |

One of the most controversial legal issues to emerge in the contested race for governor this election season has been whether contributions made to national party accounts can be used to fund state election campaigns.

Judge Dismisses GOP Challenge to Malloy Campaign Spending

By Jay Stapleton |

A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the state Republican Party which sought to prevent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy from using campaign funds that were initially contributed to Democratic congressional candidates.

Conn. Court Upholds Warrantless Search of Bedroom

By Christian Nolan |

Said Kendrick was convicted of criminal possession of a revolver in 2009. The gun was used in a New Jersey homicide by an accomplice.

The Best: Law Tribune Readers Choose Top Legal Vendors

Welcome to the results of our tenth annual Connecticut Law Tribune readers’ poll, in which our readers have cast their votes for the best providers of services and goods to the legal profession.

Biden's Son's Alleged Drug Use Leads to Questions About Conn. Bar License

By Associated Press |

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, faces no automatic review of his law license in Connecticut following his discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Connecticut legal authorities said.

Anne Maxwell and Derek Denhart

Purple Book Launches New Chapter in Generic Drugs

By Anne Maxwell and Derek Denhart |

Until the passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act in 2010 (the BPCIA), the legal framework for approval of generic biological drugs did not exist, and until quite recently the legal structures needed for approval of generic biologic drugs had not been implemented. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent creation of "The Purple Book" is an important step toward the approval of less expensive biosimilar or biointerchangeable biologics.

Eric Osterberg

Copyright Fair Use Uncertainty Continues

By Eric Osterberg |

Copyright infringement cases involving contentions of fair use always have been among the most difficult to handicap because a multifactor test applies and no two cases are the same. Recent diverging decisions in copyright fair use cases suggest that forum selection may become another factor in how these cases come out.

Andrew Ryan and Chad A. Dever

Tools for Challenging Patents Grow in Popularity

By Andrew Ryan and Chad A. Dever |

Sept. 16 marked the two-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), which introduced multiple new tools for challenging the validity of issued patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr.

A New Online Weapon for Trademark Owners

By Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr. |

Trademark owners seeking a remedy in the domain name dispute context have typically relied on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) as their primary avenue for relief. With the advent of the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system, many practitioners have been touting this procedure as the new option to consider.

Marisa Cunningham

Sketching an Outline for Business Method Patents

By Marina F. Cunningham |

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several decisions this year that affect businesses that hold patents and are seeking patent protection on their inventions.

Ted Mathias and Tara Ryan-Rahemba

Will 'Loser Pays' Become Norm in Patent Cases?

By Ted Mathias and Tara Ryan-Rahemba |

The explosion in the number of patent infringement cases filed over the past decade—from about 3,000 in 2003 to about 6,500 in 2013—and their attendant costs has prompted criticism of the ground rules governing patent litigation.

Jason Murata and Aaron J. Feigenbaum

Inter Partes Reviews and Stays of Patent Litigation

By Jason T. Murata and Aaron J. Feigenbaum |

Since their creation in 2011 by the America Invents Act (AIA), inter partes reviews (IPRs) have become a prominent feature in patent litigants' strategic playbooks. Accused infringers often prefer to raise invalidity issues in IPR proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) instead of in district court litigation. An issue that is increasingly being litigated is at one of the intersections between IPRs and district court litigation: motions to stay litigation until the PTO concludes an IPR.

Salmun Kazerounian

Transgender Worker, Tenant Bring Discrimination Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

In the three years since Connecticut enacted a law banning discrimination based on gender identity, there have been few formal complaints filed with the state's civil rights regulators.

Arthur G. Schaier and Damian K. Gunningsmith

A Decision That Awakened Jefferson's Ghost

By Arthur G. Schaier and Damian K. Gunningsmith |

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Nautilus v. Biosig harkens back to Jeffersonian ideals, as a crescendo of ambiguity in patent drafting in recent years no doubt had Jefferson rolling over in his grave.

Vince McMahon

Stamford-based WWE Faces Class Action Over Concussion Claims

By Isaac Avilucea |

Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment used its muscle to market and "sell" violence to a euphoric fan base at the expense of the mental and physical health of its performers, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a former wrestler.

Legal Experts Troubled by State's Ebola Quarantine Rules, Girl's School Ban

By Isaac Avilucea |

Imagine this scenario: An elementary student accompanies her father to a family wedding in another state hundreds of miles from a place experiencing a flu outbreak. The girl returns to Connecticut healthy and is ready to resume school when word spreads she visited a state in the vicinity of the outbreak. School officials, in an attempt to assuage the fears of teachers and parents of other students, order the girl to stay away from school for 21 days. If she shows up before that, police will remove her.